And those winners were:
- Science Fiction Novel: Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)
- Fantasy Novel: Kraken, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey)
- First Novel: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
- YA Book: Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
- Novella: The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
- Novelette: “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains”, Neil Gaiman (Stories)
- Short Story: “The Thing About Cassandra”, Neil Gaiman (Songs of Love and Death)
- Magazine: Asimov’s
- Publisher: Tor
- Anthology: Warriors, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor)
- Collection: Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories, Fritz Leiber (Night Shade)
- Editor: Ellen Datlow
- Artist: Shaun Tan
- Non-Fiction: Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve, William H. Patterson, Jr., (Tor)
- Art Book: Spectrum 17, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)
Kraken is a good book, though I personally would have preferred to see The Fuller Memorandum win.
I'd also have rated Shades of Milk and Honey higher than Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which is a perfectly solid middle-of-the-road fantasy novel, but didn't thrill me. Shades is superficially smaller, but does something more difficult elegantly.
I can't complain about Ship Breaker, since I haven't read it. But I Shall Wear Midnight was damn good, so I have to assume that Ship Breaker is even better...or that Locus voters have different ideas of "good" than I do.
I complained about the Chiang novella when I wrote about the Hugo short fiction categories recently; it's not bad, but it's far below his usual standard, has no ending, and is both tedious and repetitive.
Yay for Fritz Leiber, though. Too bad he's been dead for a generation, but skiffy awards do seem to go to the oldest and creakiest writer more often than not.
I am still withholding judgement on the Heinlein bio, and will continue to do so until I read it. I suspect I shall have very strong views on it once I do read it.
Oh, and the Gaiman novella is damned strong -- I don't know most of the rest of the short fiction nominees, so I can make no useful comparison.
Congratulations to all of the winners, for what it's worth after my clearly non-congratulatory comments. And I assume all of the SFnal bookies are frantically re-setting their Hugo odds right now.